I'm a huge fan of anything Russian River brews, and I made it out to the brewery last fall. Pliny the Elder is probably my favorite beer of all time. I brewed the extract version of this kit - didn't change a thing or add any ingredients. Sat in primary for 2 weeks, then secondary for about 2 weeks, then kegged it. A few days later it was ready to go. I was able to find the REAL Pliny the Elder on tap at a bar, so I was able to compare it to the original pretty accurately, and it's very close. The flavors and aroma were spot on. The only difference that I could tell right away was that my kit version came out very cloudy - didn't clear up at all. It really is an incredible kit and makes an incredible hop bomb brew. I had a major problem kegging this beer due to the fact that the kit had so many hops in it. My corney keg fittings kept getting clogged. Make sure you strain your wort, or use hop bags with this kit...hopefully you won't have the trouble that I did, but it was worth every drop. The ABV was spot-on at about 7.5%. I will definitely brew this again and again. Once you drink a pint of this beer you will be ruined. No other double IPA comes close.
Reviewed by: Old Site Reviewer from United States.